Cold Cherry Soup

This soup is a wonderful dessert for guests to sip before or after the wedding cake. Rubber-stamped napkins echo the soup's flavor and the felicitous tone of the entire day.

  • Servings: 12

Photography: Maura McEvoy

Source: Good Things for Weddings 2004, Special Issue 2004


  • 2 cups light, fruity white wine, such as Riesling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 3 pounds fresh cherries, pitted, plus 24 whole cherries for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup kirsch or brandy (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, bring wine, 2 cups water, sugar, and cinnamon just to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 10 minutes.

  2. Discard cinnamon; add pitted cherries. Raise heat to medium; simmer until cherries begin to soften, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in lemon juice; let cool.

  3. Puree cherry mixture in a blender or food mill. Refrigerate until cold, about 40 minutes. Strain; stir in kirsch or brandy, if desired. Garnish with whole cherries.


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